Steady rain throughout the day prompted a flood warning for parts of Maine on Sunday.

A flood warning was issued until 8 p.m. Sunday for all of Franklin, Oxford and Somerset counties by the National Weather Service office in Gray.

The warning was prompted by up to 2 inches of rain that fell between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Another 1 to 2 inches was expected to fall by evening.

The Pemigewasset River at Woodstock flooded its banks Sunday afternoon, but was expected to fall below flood levels by midnight. The rain, coupled with the heavier rainfall from Saturday night and the continuing snowmelt from Mount Washington, could cause swelling in smaller rivers and streams, despite recent dry conditions.

“The rivers will be cresting relatively shortly and then settle down without flooding,” said Joe Grimmig, the duty officer for Maine Emergency Management Agency. “I think we got by this one pretty well.”

Showers are expected to continue throughout Monday with temperatures around 50. The area can begin to dry out somewhat on Tuesday, when the sun is expected to break through and temperatures should reach 60.

– Carol Coultas


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